The first subway train developed by CRRC Tangshan, one of China’s major high-speed train manufacturers, rolled off the production line last week and will be tested in the city of Tangshan, Hebei province.
The train will be exported to Portugal’s northern city of Porto for a metro project, the company said.
According to a deal signed in January 2020, CRRC will produce 18 subway trains, with 72 carriages in total, for a metro company in Porto and provide five years of maintenance.
With a maximum passenger capacity of 334 people on each train and a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour, the trains feature a lightweight design, low energy consumption, minimal noise, and intelligent operation, according to the manufacturer.
Zhou Junnian, chairman of CRRC Tangshan, said that after more than eight months of hard work the production of the first train was completed to a high standard and with strict quality control measures.
The metropolitan area of Porto, the country’s second-largest city, has 1.7 million inhabitants, or 17 per cent of Portugal’s population.